Honky tonk of a Hippodrome party

The stars, stagehands and crew of the 1958 Hippodrome summer show at their end of season party held in the Blackpool Jewish Club which was in the theatre basement. Below is a poster for the show.
The stars, stagehands and crew of the 1958 Hippodrome summer show at their end of season party held in the Blackpool Jewish Club which was in the theatre basement. Below is a poster for the show.
0
Have your say

Taking centre stage at this 1958 end of season show party is honky tonk pianist Winifred Atwell, surrounded by cast, stagehands and crew of Light Up The Town.

Among them you might spot crooner Michael Holliday, the three Kaye Sisters, and those crazy comedy Nit-Wits.

Poster for Light Up The Town, the 1958 summer show at the Hippodrome, Blackpool.

Poster for Light Up The Town, the 1958 summer show at the Hippodrome, Blackpool.

The Sensational Skylons, Blackpool comic Jack Storey, the Town Toppers and Malta and Fernando, although this time without their Comedian Dogs, are also all in view, as is John Wade, from whose collection this photograph is shared today.

John, who can be seen top right in glasses, has been following the Memory Lane look backs at the Hippodrome, Church Street, where he was chief electrician, from 1953 to 1958.

He says: “Ironically Winifred Atwell was on the bill during both my first and last seasons there.”

The picture was taken at the Blackpool Jewish Club which ran the whole length of the Hippodrome basement. The entrance was in King Street.

John says: “We always had our end of season parties down there and where we lined up for the picture was roughly under the stalls, in an area that had once been a circus ring many years before.”

John, now 82, of Lindsay Court, South Shore, says: “Light Up The Town was presented by Tom Arnold and Jack Taylor and, like their earlier summer shows, the tickets went on sale for personal callers at Christmas for just two weeks, then it was postal applications.

“There was always a queue when the tickets were released, even though this was long before the acts were even announced. People expected a good lively show at the Hippodrome and they got one.”

John, who had earlier worked on Central Pier, moved on to the Queens Theatre, close to Blackpool Tower, before going down to London to work at The Talk of the Town - which like Blackpool’s ABC had once been known as the Hippodrome.

Follow us on twitter @The_Gazette and like our page on facebook to keep up with all the latest news.